Cliff Avril DL SEA 7 Months

DE Cliff Avril is hoping for a long-term extension from the Seahawks.

Avril notoriously turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Lions in the summer of 2012 because he thought he could get more in 2013 free agency. It didn't happen, as he settled for a two-year, $13 million deal with the Seahakws. Avril understandably doesn't want to go back into free agency in 2015, but he should find a warmer market if he keeps up his current level of play. He had eight sacks, five forced fumbles and an impressive 33 quarterback hurries despite playing roughly half the snaps this season.

Cliff Avril DL SEA 12 Months

DE Cliff Avril (hamstring) is expected to make his Seahawks debut Sunday.

Avril missed most of the preseason and Week 1 with a serious pull. But he returned to practice last week and was almost ready to face the Panthers. Avril will slide right in at right end, boosting an already dominant and insanely deep front seven. He has 29 sacks over the last three seasons.

Cliff Avril DL SEA 12 Months

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) has a "great chance" to return in Week 2 against the 49ers.

Carroll makes a habit of being coach gumdrops, so take this with a grain of salt. Carroll originally called Avril a "game-day decision" for Week 1, but he didn't come close to playing. Avril has still barely practiced since signing with the Seahawks in March.

Cliff Avril DL SEA 12 Months

Updating a previous item, Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 1 at Carolina.

Coach Pete Carroll initially called Avril a "game-day decision," but the doubtful listing strongly indicates he will not play. The Seahawks figure to turn to a rotation at "Leo" pass rusher of O'Brien Schofield and UDFA Benson Mayowa. Their pass rush could certainly be diminished against Cam Newton.

Cliff Avril DL SEA 12 Months

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

Avril has been limited all preseason by hamstring/foot injuries. His status for Week 1 remains up in the air. With Chris Clemons (knee) unavailable for Sunday's game, O'Brien Schofield will draw the start if Avril is ruled out.

Cliff Avril DL SEA 12 Months

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is unsure of RE Cliff Avril's (hamstring) Week 1 status.

"As of (Wednesday) morning he's feeling better and we're hoping he will be able to go next week," Carroll said. "But we won't know until we get there, though." Carroll usually deals in unbounded optimism, so it's telling he's unwilling to guarantee Avril's health for the opener. Avril has had barely a healthy day since signing with Seattle in March.

Cliff Avril DL SEA 12 Months

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril is out indefinitely with an aggravated hamstring injury.

Avril has seemingly been banged up ever since the Seahawks signed him, also missing almost all of spring practices with a plantar fascia tear. His status for Week 1 is unknown. Meanwhile, however, Seattle has gotten explosive edge rushing from UDFA Benson Mayowa, who looks like the real deal. The Seahawks are good and deep enough up front to withstand some missed time from Avril.

Cliff Avril DL SEA Jun 18 '13

Seahawks RE Cliff Avril (plantar fascia) returned to practice on the final day of minicamp and will be all systems go for training camp.

It appears he's fully recovered. A high-end DE2 per Rotoworld IDP maven Jeff Ratcliffe, Avril should have no trouble pacing Seattle in sacks. At the "Leo" position Avril will play, incumbent RE Chris Clemons tallied 11-plus sacks in three straight seasons. Avril is a more talented speed rusher than Clemons.

Cliff Avril DL SEA May 20 '13

Seahawks DE Cliff Avril is sitting out OTAs with plantar fascia in his foot.

Avril has been dealing with the issue for four weeks, but he's still a "couple weeks" away from taking part in on-field drills. Per coach Pete Carroll, Avril will "run some" this week. He'll then need time to rest the foot and "wait it out." Avril is expected to be the Hawks' starting "Leo" pass rusher in Week 1.

Cliff Avril DL SEA Mar 18 '13

Updating a previous item, Cliff Avril's two-year deal with the Seahawks is worth just $13 million in base value.

The defensive end-needy Lions surprisingly didn't exceed or match Seattle's offer after franchising Avril for over $10 million in 2012. A left defensive end in Detroit, Avril will play right end or "Leo" with the Seahawks. Seattle figures to open the season with a starting front four of Avril, Red Bryant, Brandon Mebane, and either Michael Bennett or Clinton McDonald at "three-technique" tackle.